Nancy Drew

Rating: PG


Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew

Josh Flitter as Corky

Craig Gellis as Thug

Rich Cooper as Charlie

Max Thieriot as Ned Nickerson

Rachael Leigh Cook as Jane Brighton

Amy Bruckner as Bess

Tate Donovan as Carson Drew

Barry Bostwick as Dashiel Biedermeyer

Kay Panabaker as George

Cliff Bemis as Chief McGinnis

Laura Harring as Dehlia Draycott

Monica Parker as Hannah

Caroline Aaron as Barbara Barbara

Marshall Bell as Leshing

Kelly Vitz as Trish

Adam Goldberg as Arrogant Director

Krystle Hernandez as Allie

Dana Lee as Louie

Pat Carroll as Landlady

Special Features:

“Nancy Drew: Kids at Work”: Emma Roberts and Friends Up Close and Personal

Gag Reel

Joanna “Pretty Much Amazing” Music Video

Mini-Featurette Gallery: Cool Scenes with the Cast and Crew

Other Info:

Widescreen (2.40:1)

Fullscreen (1.33:1)

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

French and Spanish Languages

French and Spanish Subtitles

Running Time: 99 Minutes


“Nancy Drew” is based on the long running book series created by Mildred Wirt Benson.

Nancy Drew is a spunky teenager from a small, quaint town that seems stuck in the 1950’s. She is athletic, intelligent, resourceful, brave, and an excellent detective. However, when her father takes a temporary job in Los Angeles, she finds herself going from the town star to high school outcast. This doesn’t deter Nancy, though, as she immerses herself in yet another mystery (against her father’s wishes).

The mansion she stays in with her father holds a Hollywood murder mystery. Rising star Dehlia Draycott was killed in the house in the 1980s, but her murder was never solved. Nancy begins piecing together clues from items left in the house, but she eventually turns over one stone too many. As resourceful as Nancy is, she’ll need the help of new and old friends to solve the case and escape the bad guys.

“Nancy Drew” is rated PG for mild violence, thematic elements and brief language.

The Movie:

I was probably a bit more receptive to “Nancy Drew” than many other folks in my demographic. My 8-year-old daughter recently started reading the “Nancy Drew” books and was counting down the days till the movie hit. It was a lot of fun to see her enjoy the movie though it obviously wasn’t aimed towards me.

I was particularly impressed with Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew. She’s pretty, funny, and intelligent. She’s a nonconformist in that she embraces ’50s fashion and etiquette rather than modern chic. This makes her a much more positive role model for girls than, say, Bratz dolls. The fact that she’s not deterred by being made fun of makes her all the more appealing. As for the rest of the cast, the main standout is Josh Flitter as Corky. He’s a little bit obnoxious, but his relentless pursuit for the affections of Nancy provides much needed comedy relief. The guest cameos provide a lot of fun, too. Look for Chris Kattan, Adam Goldberg, and even Bruce Willis.

I think “Nancy Drew” fans will generally be happy with this film. Most of the elements of the books seem to be here. You have the resourceful heroine, the mild peril, hints of the supernatural, and the moderately competent villains. And even though she’s made fun of, she comes out on top in the end. I think it will hook young girls on the character, too. My daughter was certainly happy with the film and wanted to take her friends to it. As an adult, I also appreciated the occasionally wicked sense of humor. For example, Nancy responds to a fellow student’s medical emergency… and ends up doing a tracheotomy. Its bizarre moments like these that show the creators aren’t taking themselves too seriously.

On the down side, “Nancy Drew” seems a little unsure of what direction to take. The beginning of the film starts out by mocking Nancy Drew and her town seemingly stuck in the ’50s. It’s almost like “The Brady Bunch” movie where they make fun of these characters stuck in the past. This continues as Nancy attends her LA school. But for the rest of the film this mocking tone is almost completely dropped and the story focuses entirely on the mystery. It’s arguably the more engaging portion of the story, but at the same time many of the mystery scenes slow the pacing to almost a halt. It doesn’t help matters that the ultimate solution to the mystery is a bit predictable and not nearly as clever as the setup might make you think. So the changes in tone and pacing give the story a bit of a disjointed feel.

I believe young girls will enjoy “Nancy Drew” quite a bit. This film seems like a good start to an ongoing series. And it’s entertaining enough that parents dragged along won’t be bored out of their minds.

The Extras:

This DVD is a bit light on the extras. There’s a ‘making of’ video, a music video, and a gag reel. There are also a series of brief featurettes showing the cast sharing what’s on their iPods, Roberts’ last day on the set, and more.